Cows in Switzerland – level 3

30-07-2019 15:00

In Europe, there is a heat wave expanding across large stretches of the continent. Switzerland, known for its cheese, army knives, chocolate and magnificent Alps, is one of the affected areas.

A lack of rain and the hot weather left water reservoirs for cattle on pastures nearly empty. The Swiss fire brigade is using helicopters to ferry water to the pastures 1,800 metres above sea level to help the struggling livestock. Their helicopters can carry 800 litres per trip.

Difficult words: expand (be spread over), stretch (an area), magnificent (amazing), ferry verb (transport on short trips), struggling (having problems), livestock (farm animals).

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